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How to post an idea

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Agent327

FOE Team
Forum Moderator
Below is everything you need to know about the ideas section and how it works, particularly formatting of ideas.

If your idea does not follow all of the below requirements it will be 'tagged' as unformatted and moved to the unformatted section of the forum.
Please use the poll for voting for an idea and the comments section for comments or questions or possible additional thoughts. +1 or -1 only posts will be removed and the poll used to indicate the popularity of an idea
When an correctly formatted idea has gathered enough support (70% or more) and has been forwarded to the developer's team, the thread will be closed for any discussion, and moved to the proper subforum, as the idea is out of our hands once it has been forwarded.

Formatting

You can make minor modifications to this format to suit your proposal but should try to include most if not all of the headings.

It is important to present it well and go into detail so that other members of the community can discuss every aspect of the idea.

It is also important that your first post is regularly updated with any changes so that your first post always contains the full, up-to-date idea.

Improvements are simpler but I still ask that you use the format where possible to ensure your post is well presented and follows the correct protocol.


Development Format


Idea:
In a few sentences, state the general concept of your idea.

Have you Checked the Ideas section for the same idea posted by someone else? Is this idea similar to one that has been previously suggested?
you will save yourself a lot of time and avoid the risk of your thread being closed quickly

Reason:
Explain why you think this is either a necessary or enhancing addition to the game. You should consider the existing game mechanics here and show how this idea improves upon them. Tables comparing costs, times, unit values etc are a helpful addition.

Details:
Explain the specifics of your idea. How will it work?

Visual Aids:
Put any mock-ups here. Those that are large screenshots should be linked, smaller windows can be displayed using the image tags.
*Please do keep in mind that the image rules still apply in the ideas section. If the visual aid is bigger than 640 x 640 pixels, please place the image in a spoiler. Also, no animated images allowed.*

Balance:
Describe what impact this idea will have on other game features. Will it require adjustments or changes? If so, be specific.

Abuse Prevention:
Does your idea open up possible exploits or make it possible for players to cheat? If so, then how can this be addressed?.

Summary:
Give a final wrap up and list any questions you think may still need to be answered to improve your idea.

Developments Format to Copy and Paste:
Idea:


Have you Checked the Ideas section for the same idea posted by someone else? Is this idea similar to one that has been previously suggested?


Reason:


Details:


Visual Aids:


Balance:


Abuse Prevention:


Summary:

Polls

It is a requirement to add a Poll to your idea to gauge the community in your idea and if it receives enough support, it could be considered for forwarding on.


Are there any guidelines on poll type and poll questions?
Yes, please use the default options for polls, as shown in the image below:

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As you can see, these are:
Maximum Selectable Choices - Single choice - this should be 'Yes' or 'No' with the question worded in such a way that voting 'Yes' means the player supports the idea, and 'No' means they do not support the idea. Here are some suggestions for how to word your question:
  • Do you support this idea?
  • Do you like the idea?
  • Would you like to see my idea implemented?
Of course you can word your question any way you like, but please remember - the only possible answers should be 'Yes' and 'No' and the question needs to be worded in such a way that a 'Yes' vote shows the player supports the idea, and a 'No' vote means they do not support the idea.

Allow voters to change their votes - as your idea evolves, it may be that someone who was previously against the idea may now be in favor, or vice versa. It's therefore important that votes can be amended over time, in order that the vote reflects the current state of the community's support for the idea as it stands.

Allow the results to be viewed without voting - this is absolutely crucial, as if you do not allow the results to be viewed without voting, moderators cannot see the results either! This would mean we would still need to count + and - posts, and that would make your poll pointless!

Important: Please do not check either 'Display votes publicly', or 'Close this poll after:' - polls in the Ideas section need to be of unlimited duration, and we have decided that they should be secret.

Please also read

Do Not Suggest (DNS) List
 
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